I frequently train alone, and I think it negatively impacts my squats and benches. The guys at the gym don’t know how to spot or give lift offs, and I can’t put a shirt on by myself. I find meets relaxing, as I don’t have to load my own bars, adjust my suit, wrap my knees, etc.
It can be done, but I think it is really important for progress to at least occasionally train with other more accomplished lifters.[/quote]
OR just train shirtless.
I’ve actually workout out alone enough I don’t find unracking a problem. I can pretty easily unrack as high as my max without seeming to take much out of my lift.[/quote]
Yeah, I train shirtless 90% of the time.
I think height makes unracking alone easier. I’m kind of half midget.[/quote]
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I think your bar path is the biggest issue. Mine stays pretty low (for raw) throughout. Hence I can set up closer into the rack without running the danger of hitting it while lifting.
If your grove is more of a “J” where you drift back towards your head more, you have to set up farther from the rack, and it is a lot harder to unrack the weight.
And also the type of rack you’re working out of - the ones with the big J hooks, I can’t unrack from my competition grip width without losing my arch. The ones that are more of a small lip or angle, I can unrack much more easily.